Sam Dawson has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. He works at a Starbucks and is obsessed with the Beatles. He has a daughter with a homeless woman, she abandons them as soon as they leave the hospital. He names his daughter Lucy Diamond, and raises her. But as she reaches age 7 herself, Sam's limitations start to become a problem at school, she's intentionally holding back to avoid looking smarter than him. The authorities take her away, and Sam shames high-priced lawyer Rita Harrison into taking his case pro bono. In the process, he teaches her a great deal about love, and whether it's really all you need.
Factual Mistake Credits list "Starbucks Barrister" instead of "Barista".
This film launched the career of child actress Dakota Fanning, who became the youngest actress to be nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Dakota Fanning's character is named Lucy Diamond from The Beatles song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", whereas Michelle Pfeiffer's character's name is Rita Harrison, from the song "Lovely Rita," and the last name of Beatles member George Harrison.
Sean Penn improvised many of his character's lines and actions, such as the end of the scene at the new restaurant where Sam shouts, "Ask Big Bob!" or the dog scene. The producers liked many of these improvised scenes much better than the original book.
I Am Sam 2001
28 Dec 2001 ● English ● 2 hrs 12 mins
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